In search of a Ginger Beer recipe, I stumbled upon this easy, delicious, all natural version of ginger ale. This produces a sweet, refreshing drink with a nice pungent kick of ginger spice. Although the original recipe calls for granulated sugar, the addition of raw honey would make this a perfect sore throat, cough/cold beverage. For carbonation, I simply add 50% club soda or seltzer water.
Paula’s Fresh Honey Ginger Ale
- ¼ Pounds Fresh ginger root, peeled and grated
- ¼ Cups Fresh lime juice
- 3/4 cup honey* (1 cup sugar can be used in place of honey)
- 4 Cups Water
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
- Seltzer or club soda
- In a 2-5 qt pot, combine all in ingredients (unless using raw honey, see note below).
- Bring to a boil then simmer for 30-40 minutes.
- Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer and into a pitcher.
- If using raw honey, then stir it into the warm liquid now until dissolved.
- Drink warm as a cold and sore throat soother, or chill and serve carbonated with selzter water for a refreshing drink. This is a strong sweet mixture, so I add about 50% seltzer. Adjust to suit your taste.
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The Ginger Beer Concept
I still haven’t given up on the idea of turning this into an actual ginger beer. Multiply the recipe to equate to a 5 gallon batch. I’d add more water for a dryer beer. Add to a sanitized carboy, pitch an ale or champaign yeast, add an air lock, wrap with a towel and keep in a cool dry place for 2-3 weeks. Not yet proven, but in theory it sounds good! I’ll post the results when we actually get around to trying it.